Washington Law Review


Guy Towle


Consumer product warranties—their creation, breach, and remedies upon breach—have generally been controlled by the common law and Uniform Commercial Code (U.C.C.) provisions in each state. Washington is no exception, and the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act should have a significant impact upon the traditional warranty law of this jurisdiction. This note will briefly discuss the Act's basic requirements and then consider the impact of several of the Act's major provisions upon similar or conflicting provisions of the Washington Uniform Commercial Code. Primary emphasis will be placed upon the Act's effects regarding the doctrine of privity, disclaimer of implied warranties, limitation on remedies and consequential damages, and the creation of a federal cause of action for breach of warranty. Nonconflicting provisions of the Act which add significantly to Washington law will also be noted.

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